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Today many across the country will begin fasting and praying for 21 days. My husband and I are also beginning our fast and I took some notes today on fasting…I hope they help you focus as they have helped me. If you have specific needs you would like us to pray for, please let us know. Fasting does not change God – it changes us! Zechariah 7:5, 1 Corinthians 10:7

Notes: 9 Reasons We Fast

1.) The 3 day fast – the purpose of this fast is for crisis and trouble. Esther 4:16
2.) The 21 day fast – The purpose is for understanding and clarity. To show you His vision for your life and give you focus. Daniel 10: 2-3
3.) The 1 day fast – The purpose is for self-examination and consecration. Leviticus 23:27
4.) The preparation fast – The purpose is for spiritual back up. Never enter into something new a job, a move, a new venture…anything without a season of fasting and prayer. Judges 20
5.) Fasting for others – The purpose is for humility. That those not walking with God would be protected from Gods judgement. Target someone on your fast – ask God to send you souls to pray for) 1 Kings 21:27-29
6.) The Fast that heals – The purpose of this fast is for healing. Isaiah 58, Hebrews 13, John 3:3
7.) The 40 Day Fast – The purpose is for strength and authority. Matthew 4
8.) The Fast for the right mate – The purpose is for God’s right relationships in your life Genesis 24
9.) The Fast for future generations – The purpose of this fast is for our children and our childrens, childrens. Isaiah 58:12

Seek first – Matthew 6:33
Set apart – Acts 1:3

Every assignment has a birth place – God has a purpose and a plan for your life.

Before you fast: Fasting without prayer is just a diet!

1.) What are the motives behind the fast?
2.) What are the specific needs that you are fasting for? Write them down as an individual and as a family.
3.) Are you determined to minister(Worship) the Lord during the fast?

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Ending of another year…tomorrow starts a new year full of challenges and blessings. Use today to reflect on 2017 and tomorrow let the old year go and embrace what God has for you in 2018.

Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea And a path through the mighty waters, “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 NKJV

Unfailing Love

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Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Isaiah 54: 10

With all I see and hear in the news lately it is nice to know that even when everything looks like it is going wrong –mountains shaken, hills removed, that God’s love for us is unfailing!! What a comforting thought that is, especially this Christmas season.

People discuss and debate about when Jesus was actually born, but regardless of the time year – one truth remains; God wrapped Jesus in human flesh, and sent Him to this earth because of HIS unfailing love for us!!!

Remember tonight as you look at your Christmas tree that the angel or star that may be on top of your tree heralded great news and led people to where Jesus was.

The lights that fill you with a warm glow represent the light of God’s love. Jesus said that He is the light, and we are to be a light to a dark world. Think about this as you watch your tree sparkle bright.

As you look at each present wrapped so pretty, remember we have all been given gifts by the Lord. Some come wrapped very nicely, some seem to come rough and ragged, but God himself wrapped each one. Don’t forget gifts are eventually meant to be unwrapped and used!!

Finally as you sit by the glow of your tree see Jesus dying on a tree for OUR sins. He hung on the cross; bore all our shame – so one day we will be able to stand before the Throne of Grace.

Christmas isn’t about gifts, carols, or even family and friends it is about so much more. It is Gods love for us taking a very real form. He was not content to give us His word – He Himself became a walking testament so we could be reconciled to Him, and eventually be led home to live in His presence for all time. Now that is truly unfailing love.

Merry Christmas!!!

I am listening to an audio christian fiction book and a character was explaining the rapture and it was an analogy I had never heard. He said think of the rapture this way when two countries go to war the first thing they do it recall their ambassadors. That is what is the rapture will be – Jesus recalling His ambassadors home. Never thought of it that way and that thought I would share.

Luke 21:29-36 NKJV

Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

I was reading in Acts 17 and vs 6 jumped off the page at me. Many had come to accept Jesus as their Messiah but those who weren’t persuaded couldn’t fashion an argument against them. They went to bring out Paul but they couldn’t find him, so they brought out those who supported him. The charge they brought against them was – ‘These who have turned the world upside down have come here too’ . This made me wonder have we turned the world upside down or have we allowed the world turn us upside down? Just something to think on.

Acts 17:5-9 NKJV

5 But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. 7 Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king—Jesus.” 8 And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things. 9 So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

The Unbarred Door

The Unbarred Door
When on America’s eastern plain
Still roamed her forest child,
And the new homes of Europe’s sons
Were rising in the wild.
 
Upon a clearing in a wood
Amos had built his cot;
He tilled his little farm
And lived contented with his lot.
 
A just, peace-loving man was he,
Kind unto all and true,
And well his ever-open door,
The wandering Indian knew.
 
But often were the settler’s lands.
By force or fraud obtained
And to the Red man dispossessed,
Revenge alone remained.
 
And ’round the blazing fire of logs
When winter nights were cold,
To shuddering listeners, dreadful tales
Of Indian raids were told.
 
But Amos feared not, though his home
All undefended lay,
And still his never-belted door
Was open night and day.
 
One morn a neighbor passed in haste;
“Indians, they say, are nigh,
So Amos, bolt your door tonight
And keep your powder dry.”
 
“My friend,” said he, the God I serve
Commands me not to kill,
And sooner would I yield my life
Than disobey his will.
 
“One gun I have, but used alone
Against the wolf or bear,
To point it at my fellow-man,
My hand would never dare.
 
“But I shall put the thing away.
They shall not see it here.
For the old gun in hands unskilled,
Might do some harm, I fear.
 
“Besides, the Indians are my friends
They would not do me ill,
Here they have found an open door
And they shall find it still.”
 
“Well,” said the neighbor, as he went,
“My faith is not so clear.
If wretches come to take my life,
I mean to sell it dear.”
 
But the good wife of Amos stood,
And listened with affright.
“Unless,” she said, “that door is fast,
I shall not sleep tonight.”
 
And with her words as women can
She urged her husband sore,
Till for the sake of household peace,
At last he barred the door.
 
They went to rest, and soon the wife
Was wrapped in slumbers deep;
But Amos turned and tossed about,
And vainly tried to sleep.
 
Then came a voice within his heart,
A mild rebuke it bore.
It whispered, “Thou of little faith
Why hast thou barred thy door?”
 
‘Weak is that poor defense of thine
Against a hostile band;
Stronger than strongest fortresses,
The shadow of my hand.”
 
“Hast thou not said, these many times?
That I have power to save,
As when my servants trembling feet,
Were sinking ‘neath the wave?”
 
“Now let thy actions with thy words
In full accord agree;
Rise quickly and unbar thy door
And trust alone in Me.”
 
Then Amos from his bed arose.
And softly trod the floor;
Crept down the stairs and noiselessly
Unbarred the cottage door.
 
Then forth he looked into the night;
Starlight it was, and still
And slowly rose the waning moon.
Behind the tree-ringed hill.
 
He looked with trustful, reverent gaze
Up to the starry sky,
As meets a child with loving glance,
A tender father’s eye.
 
The cloud was lifted from his brow,
His doubts were over now,
The cool air breathed a kiss of peace
Upon his tranquil brow.
 
Then back to his forsaken bed
He slowly groped his way,
And slept the slumber of the just,
Until the dawn of day.
 
That night a painted warrior band
Through the dark forest sped,
With steps as light upon the leaves
As panthers’ stealthy tread.
 
They reached the farm; “we make no war,
With good and faithful men,”
The foremost Indian turned and said,
“Here dwells a son of Penn.”
 
“But brother, if still his heart is right.
How shall we surely know?”
Answered another; “Time brings change.
And oft turns friend to foe.”
 
Said the first one, “I will go
And gently try the door;
If open still it proves
His heart is as it was before.”
 
It yielded and they entered in.
Across the room they stepped,
And came where Amos and his wife.
Calm and unconscious slept.
 
With tomahawk and scalping knife.
They stood beside the pair.
A solemn stillness filled the room;
An angel guard was there.
 
The eye sought eye and seemed to say.
How sound the good man sleeps!
So may they rest, and fear no ill,
Whom the Great Spirit keeps.
 
Then noiselessly they left the room
And closed the door behind,
And on their deadly war trail passed.
Some other prey to find.
 
And horror shrieked around their steps.
And bloodshed marked their way,
And many homes were desolate.
When rose another day.
 
But Amos with a thankful heart
Greeted the morning light,
And knew not until after years
How near was death that night.
 
—Author Unknown

The Hand of God

I was reading in 1 Chronicles 21  about King David.  The Lord had told Israel NOT to do a census of the people, but King David decided it was time.  Joab one of  King Davids men tried to talk the king out it, but King David prevailed so most of Israel was numbered.  The Lord was not happy with David and sent the prophet Gad to tell David to choose his punishment.  Davids choices were 3 years of famine, 3 months of being at the mercy of his enemies, or 3 days of a plague across the land…David chose door number 3.

So a plague went through out Israel and killed 75,000 people – David prayed that God would spare them…since the people didn’t sin…but him alone.  Now the angel of the Lord was ready to strike Jerusalem…but God – being merciful told the angel to stop.   Now the Angel of the Lord was standing by the door of the threashing floor of Ornan….Ornan’s 4 sons saw the angel and ran and hid.  Ornan just looked at the angel and went back to threashing his wheat…say WHAT????  Here is  the hand of the Lord – ready to strike and Ornan just kind of shrugs his shoulders, says eh and goes back to life as usual.  I was dumb founded when I saw that…but the story goes on.

Then David was instructed to go to the threashing floor of Ornan and make offerings to God, so David set out for the threashing floor of Ornan. David arrived at Ornan’s threashing floor and Ornan ran out and bowed at David’s feet.  David offered to buy the floor from Ornan…but Ornan says NO – I will give it to you along with the animals needed for the sacrifice.  But David said he must pay for the floor because (now catch this)…David says I will not offer anything that costs me nothing.   Now David had wanted to go and worship at  Gibeon , but he was afraid of the Angel so he didn’t go.

Did you see what I saw just then?  Two different people faced with the same problem – the hand of the Lord was heavy on the land….ones reaction was repentance…the others was to basically ignore the problem and go about life as usual.  We are seeing that same thing across our land right now…God’s hedge of protection is lifting off of America because we have forsaken God and thrown Him out of our country and out of our lives.

Now there are some that see this happening and have turned to God and repented. However, there are countless others like Ornan who say “eh” and go about business as usual.  Most  are saying a loving God would never punish us. While that is true God is loving and merciful….but He is also just.  We have asked Him to leave our land….we have legislated Him out of our land….so He is leaving us to the life WE have chosen – with all its consequences.

Now the question becomes what will you do when the hand of the Lord comes against this land?  Will you stand in utter defiance and basically shrug at God and say eh?  Or will do you what King David did and repent? It cost David something to repent – remember David wouldn’t offer anything that cost Him nothing.  Maybe it will cost you a friend, maybe a job or you could end up in jail because of your faith.  Repentance may even cost you  your life. Knowing all that the question that remains is; are you willing to repent and though it cost you everything?